Congregation Beth Am has one of the finest synagogue libraries in Northern California. Started in 1959 by our congregants Richard and Caroline Hoffman, our large library collection currently contains over 10,000 books covering a wide range of Judaic topics such as Bible, spirituality, history, biography, fiction, travel, cooking, art and much more. We are especially proud of our extensive children's collection.
In addition to our circulating books, we have many reference resources covering the Bible, Talmud, Jewish encyclopedias, genealogy, Hebrew/English dictionaries and other areas. The library also has a large video collection, with over 250 titles available for checkout. The Library has a state-of-the-art Judaica Library Computer Catalog system - books and videotapes may be searched by author, title, subject or keyword. Search our online catalog.
The library is open whenever the Beth Am campus is open. Please feel free to come in and browse our collection. Make sure to sign out any books that you are borrowing. During the school year, the library is staffed from 3:30 - 5:30 PM, Tuesday-Thursday, and on Sunday mornings when Sunday Program is in session. During the summer, the Library is generally staffed Tuesday - Thursday.
Professional librarian, Diane, library committee volunteers and madrichim staff are available to assist congregants with their library needs. We welcome the opportunity to provide additional information. Please send inquires to Leah or leave a message through the library voicemail at (650) 493-3117, ext. 220.
Generous donations have helped make it possible to continue to grow our collections. For $18 or more, a book will be purchased and a bookplate will be included with your name and the person you are honoring or memorializing.
Birthday Books Program
The library’s new Birthday Books program provides an opportunity to honor a child’s special day by contributing $18 (the Hebrew numerical equivalent of chai, “life”) for the purchase of an age-appropriate book in the child’s name. The library will place an acknowledgement plate in the book celebrating the child, and send the family a thank you note with the name of the author and title of the book. Check it out next time you’re in the Beth Am Library! The library welcomes contributions in tribute to adults as well. Make your gift online to purchase a library book in honor of a special child!